An exciting near-future thriller set in a post-depression Europe where two young people must fight to save millions from destruction by a time-travelling terrorist who is the willing pawn of his criminal backers.
Two young people, Jay and Sandra, each traumatised in their different ways by their involvement in the youth cult of timesplashing, struggle to bring down Sniper, the glamorous cult-figure who turned a one-time extreme sport into a deadly weapon for sale to the highest bidder. From the Berlin of 2049 to Edwardian London, they track the man who destroyed and defined their lives. But Sniper has powerful backers and all the police and security forces of Europe can’t stop him. In the end, Sandra and Jay are all that stand between Sniper and the achievement of his greatest and most devastating timesplash.
My thoughts on TimeSplash
For me the acid test of any book is whether I seek to pick it up again once I put it down or if days pass and dust collects on the cover, before I thumb my way back in. Timesplash is very much a book in the ‘pick it up’ category, one that fights being put down, mostly owing to Graham Storrs’ deft building of believable characters and compelling story line. There are times when a scene ends and a character is left in a cliff hanger situation, but this technique is used sparsely in favour of an overall tension in the story and a progressive arc that builds to a, predictable, final climax.
The eventual final clash between the main antagonist (Sniper) and the main protagonists (Jay and Sandra) may be predictable, made obvious by Jay and Sandra’s growth in ability and by the increasing desperation of the obsessed Sniper. However, Storrs employs clever foretelling to lead the reader in the direction of the story, whilst also leading the reader down a parallel path, such that the eventual resolution is expected, yet surprising and unexpected all at the same time. That he seeded these outcomes well in advance makes them enjoyable when they appear, unlike the ‘convenient’ get-outs lesser writers are prone to use.
Storrs is also not adverse to bring in, drop or kill off a character or characters during the story, using them appropriately to tell a particular part of the tale and then move on, leaving them behind once their work is done. To me this is a breath of fresh air and against the modern dogma where character numbers are expected to be minimised and the current tendency is to have support characters fulfilling too many roles. This allows Storrs to tell each part of the tale without the support characters carrying history with them and muddying the present, making each section fresh and easy to absorb.
Of interest to the Sci-Fi fan is how Storrs has taken the old time paradox of impossible time loops and twisted it into the crux of this story, effectively changing it from anything that has gone before. He has also drawn from common 2010 events, items and social changes then fashioned them into a few very interesting and sometimes amusing predictions, e.g. the American fundamentalist Christian movement receives a humorous sideways swipe at one point.
There is a brave inclusion of a few of the more gritty human issues; drug abuse, parental child abuse, psychosis, adult deviant sex. Storrs deals deftly with these giving them a glancing blow with the pen as he passes them by and does not allow them to cause any deviation in the main storytelling. They are there to add depth and detail to the characters and no more, the resulting actions of the characters then pass on any appropriate social comments.
TimeSplash is a predominantly character driven story, the future science and society forms the premise of the story but once set in motion the science then very much plays a supporting role and is never so futuristic that it undermines the story. However, that said, there are enough predictions to keep the ‘techno’ reader interested.
All in all, TimeSplash is an enjoyable book, and one that is difficult to put down. I would recommend any reader that enjoys character driven Sci-Fi to obtain a copy and only open it when you have some extended time available to read the 252 pages.
TimeSplash Virtual Book Tour (Blog Tour)
This interview is part of the virtual book tour running from 16th of February to the 5th of May. To find out more about the book, characters, Graham, publication and inside information about writing the story, go to the virtual book tour schedule page at “TimeSplash – The Blog Tour 2010″
About Graham Storrs
Graham Storrs is someone who thinks a lot about the future. It’s a place we’re all going, whether we like it or not, a place where we, our children and their children will have to deal with changes we can barely imagine. Some of us can’t wait to get there, to see what it’s like, and how we will cope. That’s why Graham writes science fiction – he wants to know what happens next in this amazing story we’re all living.
After a career in research and software design, Graham has turned his gaze firmly to the far horizons and now lives and writes on a remote mountain-top in rural Australia. Surrounded by gum forests and wild animals, he relies on his wife, Christine, and their Airedale terrier, Bertie, to keep him anchored in the present.
Released: February 15, 2010 · Lyrical Press Inc.
Purchase: TimeSplash can be bought as an eBook direct from the publisher, by clicking on “Buy now”.
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Price: US $ 5.50,